HISTORIC COUNTRY HOUSE

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF IRELAND

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Escape to the tranquil setting of Castlecor House steeped in heritage, history and mystery. This magnificent residence is located a stone’s throw from the Royal Canal Blue/Green way, the River Inny and Newcastle Forest.

Set in rolling pasture and private woodland, the grounds encompass a walled garden with orchard and Victorian pond.  Adjacent to the house is the site of the original Castle Cor Norman Motte.

The construction of Castlecor spanned 300 years, originally built in the mid 1700’s as a hunting lodge with additions in the 19th & 20th century. The four wings adjoining the octagonal Hunting Lodge align with the four cardinal compass points.  The majestic interior is relaxed and welcoming with open fires.

This is well-appointed accommodation on a grand scale – bedrooms with 12ft high ceilings range from deluxe superior king to romantic doubles. The single traveller, families and private parties are catered for and all rooms have private bathroom.

Observe the vast night sky before a quiet sleep in 500 thread count bedding. Awake to a cacophony of birdsong & refresh in a rain shower before enjoying an elegant breakfast of local produce.

Packed lunch and afternoon tea are available on request.

A stay in Castlecor is an exploration of the Ancient East and there is lots to do in the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland.

Open all year. Book direct for best rates.

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Free WiFi
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Throughout
Garden
Towels
Shower/Bath
Hair Dryer
Tea & Coffee
TV Available

From Golf to Horse Riding, Theatre to Water-sports, a stay at Castlecor is the ideal base to explore Irelands Ancient East and Hidden Heartlands.

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Guest Reviews

Oisin Mac Sweeney
Oisin Mac Sweeney
November 16, 2021.
Verified
Spent a weekend with my family in Loretta and Brians stunning home, where we were welcomed with tea and coffee and an open fire on arrival and a beautiful breakfast the following morning. Loretta shared the history of the house with us and the story of the impressive renovation works they've carried out on this remarkable building. A weekend to remember in an exceptional historical building with the very best of hosts.
brian macsweeney
brian macsweeney
November 15, 2021.
Verified
Unique house and amazing all round guest experience. Had a wonderful stay here...beds really comfortable, shower fantastic, breakfast delicious but the main selling point is the genuine hospitality of the owners. Can't recommend highly enough.
Margaret Thompson
Margaret Thompson
September 12, 2021.
Verified
Attended a concert there recently...beautiful setting.
Miguel Costa
Miguel Costa
August 4, 2021.
Verified
Gorgeous place. When you imagine a weekend outside the busy day to day from the city side this is the perfect place to do so. The hosts make the experience even better, the stories, the local products, the house, the comfort, all spot on. This was definitely one of the best experiences I've had lately with a really good value for money. I can just say a big thank you to the hosts and hope to see you soon again 👍
Maria Power
Maria Power
July 27, 2021.
Verified
Had such a lovely stay in Castlecor House recently. Got a warm welcome from the hosts and a tour of the house. The room was fab, as was the bathroom, both were very spacious. Breakfast was excellent too. Would stay again for sure!
Marie o Connell
Marie o Connell
July 21, 2021.
Verified
My husband and I had a 3 night stay early July and I cannot recommend highly enough. Loretta and Briain are in the middle of restoring this house so we will return. Meanwhile our room was fabulous and breakfast each morning was great especially the fresh fruit, perfectly bolied egg 😉 and freshly baked scones. Ballymahon also an excellent location to explore the hidden heartlands and plenty of choice to eat in the town and also a great local taxi service for neighboring village of Glasson . Again a highly enjoyable stay. House excellently located and near canal fior early morning run/walk and both Loretta, Briain and their family were fabulous hosts.
Jason Kavanagh
Jason Kavanagh
June 29, 2021.
Verified
Lovely room, great place to relax, disconnect and recharge. Breakfast was delicious and shower was great. Amazing house, I look forward to seeing it in a few years as it gets restored. Thanks Loretta and family
Miriam Kavanagh
Miriam Kavanagh
June 27, 2021.
Verified
A really beautiful historical house, this family are lovingly renovating this property but the bedroom and bathroom we were in were only recently upgraded. The shower was amazing. Loretta is a perfect host, making sure we had everything we wanted and she served a delicious breakfast in the morning.
Claire
Claire
2021-10-28
9,0
Great accommodation with a bit of history ☹ Clean, comfortable accommodation; friendly host; great breakfast freshly made; cosy fore in the shared lounge, and a tour of some of the house which was fascinating.
Valérie
Valérie
2021-10-25
10
lovely place
Kevin
Kevin
2021-10-05
10
Very relaxing, the house has great history and character. ☺ Every aspect of our stay from the warm welcome, cosy bed, beautiful, breakfast was excellent.
Fredrick
Fredrick
2021-10-03
10
A spectactular house with a great host ☺ The house is absolutely spectacular and I have never stayed (or even really seen) anything like it before. Loretta was an incredibly gracious and caring host and gave us a fantastic tour of the house with details about the history and the project to return the older parts of the house to its former glory. We were really impressed at how much we were made to feel at home within the house and how much effort Loretta went to in order to make our stay the best that it could be. The rooms were a great size with huge beds and a very large shower and the breakfast was superb. We all came away delighted that we had decided to spend a night here and sad that we weren't able to stay longer. ☹ Nothing. Our stay was perfect
Paul
Paul
2021-09-23
9,0
Superb
Ron
Ron
2021-09-21
10
Exceptional ☺ As an old man our house from the 1730s that is being refurbished by a young family it was an amazing property. To be a part of something good and to appreciate the historical there’s a lot of fun in addition to a delicious breakfast. ☹ There was nothing we didn’t like about the property. We knew what we were giving into when we book the room. It was a great accommodation, historical lesson and wonderful chance to see behind the scenes how are young family restoring an old building
Fiona
Fiona
2021-08-26
10
Exceptional
Robertas
Robertas
2021-08-25
10
Exceptional
Cullen
Cullen
2021-08-22
8,0
Very good
Fx20
Fx20
2021-08-21
9,0
A true journey in an old irish house with high quality services ☺ A true irish experience in an exceptionnal place The quality of the services (bathrooms, bedrooms) A wonderful welcome A real history behind this house Breakfast A kind of travel in time when you seat and take time... ☹ Nothing
Ben
Ben
2021-11-28
Lovely, unique stay in an incredible building. Breakfast was really nice and the bedroom was spacious and clean.
Christopher
Christopher
2021-10-27
If this place is available, BOOK IT. Among the top experiences I've ever had at an Airbnb, Loretta's place is full of an antique and frankly unique charm you could not find anywhere else. The room and bathroom were spotless and had been renovated stylishly but in keeping with the elegance of the house. The Great hall is spectacular, while the entrance hall and drawing room are a delight to anyone in love with the traditional country house. We were met with a roaring log fire and a drink, and had a wonderful tour of the house that Loretta and her husband are lovingly bringing back to its former glories. A perfect and luxurious stay in an authentic stately home at an unbeatable price with a fantastic host.
Elif
Elif
2021-10-18
Highly recommend staying in this gorgeous old mansion. It’s such a special place, history being brought back to life by the very skillful and lovely host Loretta & her family. If you’re lucky, the family will be around and you might even hear Loretta’s daughter play the piano like I did (which she does so so well!). As a solo female traveler, I felt really safe staying here. Though there were other guests, I had total privacy in my room and even in the shared sitting room area. I was appreciative that Loretta made time to chat with me, it made me feel at home. I need to stay here again and get to know the area. I had absolutely no desire to leave the comforts of this place and explore outside this time. I couldn’t tear myself away from soaking up the atmosphere of the place. In the evening, I enjoyed reading in the sitting room with a huge pot of tea and biscuits Loretta had generously prepared. In the morning, I struggled to get out of the super comfy bed. The delicious breakfast was worth getting up for though - wish I could upload photos! Thanks again, Loretta!
Joe
Joe
2021-09-12
Loretta was wonderful to deal with. Unfortunately, our stay was only one night on our way from the west coast back to Dublin. The home has an amazing history and I wish we could have spent more time.
William
William
2021-08-13
We especially enjoyed the shower and breakfast. A very lovely stay, we look forward to coming back
Alexis
Alexis
2021-08-11
Perfect stay at the Castle Core. Loretta and Brian have welcomed us on a short notice and everything went super smoothly. The room and the common room were really cute. You can feel authenticity and that the place has history. It sure is in good hand now. Best of luck with the work, hope to see you again one day!
Katie
Katie
2021-08-10
Fascinating country house. Fantastic host, amazing breakfast in splendid surroundings. Highly recommend.
Lisa
Lisa
2021-08-08
We had such a lovely trip to this stunning house where we were made feel so welcome and it truly felt like a home from home. The house is steeped in History and Loretta gave us such an interesting tour and background to the house. A wonderful family and enjoyable stay. I look forward to following their journey and what lies ahead for this wonderful house. A great meet-up point located in the middle of Ireland. Thank you Loretta and family, we can't wait to visit again.
Eva
Eva
2021-08-07
We stopped in Castlecor for the night while cycling the Royal Canal Way from Strokestown to Dublin. Castlecor was a luxurious, cosy and comfortable rest on route. Loretta lit a fire for us in the sitting room and we ordered in food for dinner. The room was just perfect, the rainfal shower was wonderful and the breakfast was a great spread. We also got a tour of the house which is just stunning! We will definitely be back!
Maren
Maren
2021-07-25
This was an absolute special and amazing experience. The house is such a gem and I think rare to find. Loretta and her family are fantastic hosts who provide interesting infos about the history of the house. The rooms are clean and you can see that someone put a lot of effort and love. Amazing bathroom and shower. And the breakfast was delicious and in a beautiful dining room with nice decoration. You can’t miss this when in Ireland! I hope I’ll be back soon.
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